Marilyn Lloyd, Tennessee's First Female Full-Term Congresswoman, Has Died
The first woman from Tennessee elected to a full term in Congress has died at age 89. A personal tragedy put Chattanooga Democrat Marilyn Lloyd into the race for the U.S. House in 1974. Originally, her husband was the Democratic nominee for East Tennessee in that election. After he died in a plane accident, she replaced him and won, beating the Republican incumbent. In a 1994 C-SPAN interview , she said when she was elected, women in Congress had to work hard to prove they were as effective as their male counterparts. “One of my colleagues came up and said, ‘You know, Marilyn, you just work too hard to be a woman.’ And I said, well, you know, I'm trying to do my best, but it was sort of the attitude that we're that much different,” she told C-SPAN. Her district included the Oak Ridge atomic energy facilities, and she became the first woman to serve on the House Science and Technology Committee. Local and state leaders have noted her passing. "Marilyn Lloyd was a great leader in
A family systems coach is coming to Chattanooga to talk about a theory that views families as emotional units and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Andrea Maloney Schara is the author of Your Mindful Compass , and will be the speaker at the eighth annual symposium hosted by the Bowen Theory Education Center. It will take place Friday, September 28 th on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The symposium is meant to provide practical knowledge to people working in health care, social work, clergy, and other interested individuals. Schara joins us to talk about her work.
Family Promise Celebrates 20 Years in Chattanooga
Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga is throwing a party November 9th to celebrate two decades of helping the city’s homeless population. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to Family Promise’s Marketing and Development Director, Cary Bayless.
How a Chattanooga Lynching Set a Supreme Court Precedent Involving the Bill of Rights
In this interview, I’m speaking with Illinois State University historian Dr. Amy Wood about the legacy of lynching in the South and a Chattanooga tragedy that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Wood is the author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940. She visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently to talk about Ed Johnson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1906. Johnson was lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge, and efforts are underway to create a memorial to this often-forgotten murder that had major legal implications for all of us. On Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm Eastern, Dr. Wood will speak at the University of the South about lynching. Watch a livestream of the event here.
UTC Chancellor Steven Angle Delivers Annual State of the University Address
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Chancellor delivered his annual State of the University address Friday. WUTC’s Richard Norwood tells us it happened just before the school showed off a new housing complex.
Following $40 Million Gift, UTC's Business School Renamed
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is celebrating the largest private donation in the school’s history. Alumnus Gary W. Rollins and his wife are giving $40 million to UTC’s College of Business. The couple visited campus Thursday for a renaming event.
Closing the Federal Deficit: Bredesen Favors a Freeze; Blackburn Backs an Amendment
Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn are both proposing ways to close the federal budget deficit, which is increasing despite a strong economy. Both Bredesen, a Democrat, and Blackburn, a Republican, are November candidates for the U.S. Senate seat that Bob Corker is vacating. Bredesen proposes a federal spending freeze that, he says, could close the deficit in six years. Blackburn favors amending the U.S. Constitution in order to force Congress to create balanced yearly budgets.
$10 Million Miller Park Renovation Adds Greenspace, Performance Venue
You might say it’s downtown Chattanooga’s newest music venue: the EPB Community Stage at the newly-renovated Miller Park is a building with a glass front that lifts up like a garage door. It overlooks a new 25,000 square-foot greenspace where people can walk, play, and sit and watch performances. All day Friday, September 14, there will be live music, children’s activities, and performance art to celebrate the park’s re-opening after a year of renovation work.
Dalton's 55th Annual Creative Arts Guild Festival 9/14 - 9/16
Amanda Brown joins us, the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Guild, and Leanne Martin, the Operations & Events Director, to talk about the upcoming festival in Dalton. From their Web site: The Creative Arts Guild’s 55th Annual Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts weekend will be held September 14th - 16th, 2018 on the Guild’s campus at 520 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30720. The Creative Arts Guild is Georgia’s oldest multidisciplinary community arts center. We celebrated our 55th anniversary in 2018. The Creative Arts Guild is located in northwest Georgia, approximately 20 miles south of Chattanooga TN and 70 miles north of Atlanta.
'Things That Go Bump' in Barking Legs
The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s upcoming production of Terence McNally’s play Things That Go Bump in the Night opens on Friday September 14 th in Barking Legs Theater on Dodds Avenue. As with all of the plays produced by the Ensemble this year, McNally’s play centers on a fractious family. The Ensemble’s Executive Director Garry Posey told Richard Winham the main reason he chose the rarely performed play is because he’d long wanted to produce one of McNally’s plays in Chattanooga.
Ballot Vox: Joda Thongnopnua, TN State House Dist. 30
WUTC is speaking with Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates ahead of the November 6th midterm elections. Today, Joda Thongnopnua joins us. He's a Democrat running for Tennessee State House District 30, which includes East Ridge and East Brainerd. He faces Republican Esther Helton and independent J. Michael Holloway.
Chattanooga 2.0, Three Years and Counting
Chattanooga 2.0 is a city and county-wide initiative. Their goal is to improve opportunities and outcomes for all Chattanooga and Hamilton County students from the moment of their birth until the day they begin their careers. For its first three years, Chattanooga 2.0’s focus has been on early childhood education—preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. As Executive Director Jared Bigham sees it, to truly improve the school system for all students will take a generation. In last week’s program Dr. Bigham talked to Richard Winham about the organization’s goals and success in changing early childhood education. On today’s program, joined by Dr. Robin Cayce, the Director of Programs for Chattanooga 2.0, Dr. Bigham talks about some of the other challenges facing the organization as they look for ways to improve educational and employment opportunities for all students in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.
Tennessee Leaders Discuss Caring For Young Victims of the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis affects children as well as adults. Community leaders gathered in a conference room at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to talk about those sometimes-forgotten victims during a panel Council For A Strong America organized. Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy discussed how new training is teaching officers to be more empathetic toward children, and Major General Leslie Purser talked about the opioid crisis's effect on military recruitement.
An 'Accidental Prophet' Starts Welcome Home's Speaker Series 9/14
Welcome Home of Chattanooga provides a home to people who are terminally ill and have nowhere else to go; particularly, homeless people or people without much family support. The nonprofit also hosts educational events for anyone interested in end-of-life-care, including hospice workers and the general public. On September 14 , their new speaker series begins with "Accidental Prophet" Peter Anthony . He and Welcome Home Executive Director Sherry Campbell join us.
Chattanooga's 'Drive Electric' Event Coming Up 9/8
National Drive Electric Week begins this Saturday and events celebrating plug-in vehicles are happening nationwide, including right here in Chattanooga. WUTC’s Will Davis is talking to James Dillard.